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Bachelor of Science in Public Health

A variety of career paths for those holding a Bachelor’s degree exists, including applying skills in schools, hospitals, health care facilities, work places, communities, government and non-profit organizations worldwide. Graduates of the B.S. in Public Health can also become health educators or community education specialists. As society continues to recognize the benefits of maintaining health, career opportunities are expected to grow.

The Palmetto College Online Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion is issued by USC Beaufort.

Overview

What is Public Health?
“The science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private communities, and individuals.”
-CEA Winslow

Purpose Statement
The purpose of the Bachelor of Science with a major in Public Health (formerly known as Health Promotion) is to prepare students for the multidisciplinary field of practice concerned with designing, implementing and evaluating interventions that enable individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to play active roles in achieving, protecting and sustaining the public’s health. The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), Inc. identifies seven areas of responsibility for health educators. The program is grounded in these seven areas and students will be prepared to sit for this optional certification exam.

Is Public Health right for you?
When considering a career in public health, it is important to understand research and education are foundational to the profession. The knowledge and skills to take scientific information and translate that into usable, friendly material to the average person is key to a career in public health.
The desire for social justice and environmental health help significantly when addressing public health issues. An individual who is interested in health and well-being, driven to help others and enjoys research and education makes an excellent candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Public Health at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

What can I do with a degree in Public Health?
A degree in Public Health prepares students for a multidisciplinary field concerned with designing, implementing and evaluating interventions that enable individuals, families, organizations and communities to play active roles in achieving, protecting and sustaining health.

It is very typical for today’s graduates to continue on to get their Masters in Public Health. However, a variety of career paths for those holding a Bachelor’s degree exists, including applying skills in schools, hospitals, health care facilities, work places, communities, government and non-profit organizations worldwide. Graduates of the B.S. in Public Health can also become health educators or community education specialists.

Other types of employers include the federal government, state government, public health departments, non-profit agencies, wellness centers, community mental health centers, corporate organizations, international health agencies and research foundations.

Strategies to gain a career in Public Health
    1. Develop strong public speaking and presentation skills.
    2. Becoming familiar with grant writing techniques and submissions
    3. Get credentialed as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
    4. Learn one or more languages
    5. Study, volunteer or intern domestically and abroad
    6. Participate in service learning projects, trips or missions domestically or                     abroad


For more information on occupations and salary visit: www.bls.gov/ooh

What are essential Public Health services?
    1. Monitor Health
    2. Diagnose and Investigate
    3. Inform, Educate, Empower
    4. Mobilize Community Partnership
    5. Develop Policies
    6. Enforce Laws
    7. Link to/Provide Care
    8. Assure a Competent Workforce
    9. Evaluate
    10. Research

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Introduction to Public Health. In: Public Health 101 Series. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2014. Available at: Public Health 101 Series

 

Prerequisites & Requirements

Students must have 45-60 hours of previous college credit to apply for this online degree program. Program specific prerequisites courses include Anatomy and Physiology I and II or Biology 101 and 102, Chemistry, Nutrition, Psychology 101, Developmental Psychology and Statistics. If you haven't earned your hours or taken the program specific prerequisite courses yet, you can do so at any of our Palmetto College campuses statewide, or at any technical college. To find out if you're qualified to apply for this program, please contact a Palmetto College representative.

Total requirements for this degree: 120 hours
Major requirements available online: 57 hours
GPA: 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

 

Program Length

If you’re a full-time student, the program should take about two years—the same as if you were attending class in-person. If you work, you may need to take a lighter course load.

Talk to an advisor about how to balance Palmetto College classes with your schedule.

 

Important Dates

Semester Application Deadline Missing Documents Final Registration  Tuition Deadline Class Start
Summer 2018 May 7, 2018  *Tentative* TBD May 14, 2018 May 7, 2018 May 14, 2018
Fall 2018 August 1, 2018 TBD August 23, 2018 August 16, 2018 August 23, 2018

 

 

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If you've already talked to a Palmetto College representative, just follow the application instructions for this degree.

Ready for more information?
If you would like to learn more about the Public Health program at USCB
please contact Dr. Diana Reindl, PhD CHES, Program Coordinator at 843-208-8124, publichealth@uscb.edu.